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A 22-year-old male asked:

If skin is a protective barrier, why doesn't it protect you from herpes or other diseases?how do they infect if theyre in contact with dead skin cell?

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Dr. Rony Gorges
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
It does...: Although some organisms can penetrate intact skin herpes does not. The herpes virus infects by coming into contact with a mucus membrane like the mouth, vaginal canal or the male urethra. Hope this helps.
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